Mark Atkinson

The Word of God Does not Promise Blanket Immunity from the Adversary’s Persecutions.

Jesus and the apostles prophesied of a period of time ahead when the followers of God would be persecuted even to the point of death. They were referring to something very specific i.e. during a particular time period during the last days before Jesus’ return. It’s surprising how dull of hearing it is possible to become and not actually hear such words.
There is a present day belief among our Christian brothers and sisters that the Church will be spared all such dangerous things, but that is naive at best and dangerous plus disobedient to God’s Word at worst.
The Word of God does not promise blanket immunity from the Adversary’s persecutions. Therefore, we should not believe that such a thing exists. On the contrary, we should prepare ourselves so that we overcome, even if that means not loving our lives to the death. For us, there is a greater prize, a bigger world and a Lord who will return bearing his rewards with him. Therefore, our heart should be firmly pitched into eternity, not the short term and temporal world we find ourselves in at this present time. There is a time coming when all the tribulations and persecutions of the present age will have diminished; they will have evaporated into insignificance after the glory of Jesus Christ arrives. There is no ¬†comparison.
So, gird up your minds. Strengthen your resolve with the Word. And put on the whole armour of God today so that you can stand and withstand the wiles of the devil for both today and tomorrow. Be ready. Be prepared. Be wise today and you will reap the benefits not only in the present time but also during the period of persecution ahead, as well as for all eternity if you endure.

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.’ ¬†(James 1:12)

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3 replies on “The Word of God Does not Promise Blanket Immunity from the Adversary’s Persecutions.”

Think of it this way:When God created the world, He placed Adam and Eve on the earth, right? Everything was perfect the first two humans were following God. In creation, God had placed two trees in the garden the Tree of Life, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He told Adam and Eve that if they ate of the second tree, they would die they would be separated from Him and sin would enter the world, basically.We all know the story: they ate from the tree.Why would God leave that tree there for them to be tempted by? I think of it this way: God probably didn’t want a bunch of robots running around on the earth obeying His every command. He wants a true, genuine relationship. He wants us to choose Him! Otherwise, it’s kind of fake, right? If there’s no choice, we wouldn’t be able to choose for God or against God, right?Yes, it’s a sad fact, but evil exists. Some people choose not to follow God. C.S. Lewis once said that the gates of hell are locked from the inside. People chose hell. They heard it over and over and over in their lives whether it was a street evangelist or a close friend/relative that really loved them and shared with them the Gospel. It’s not God’s will that any should perish, the Bible says, but that all would turn to God. But man has free will.Those who choose God are going to heaven, and those who do not are going to hell.The antichrist will kill out of evil he will be heavily influenced by Satan. He will kill out of hatred because Satan is, after all, evil.It is our job, as Christians, to tell everyone we can about Jesus. It’s our duty to share the Good News, because otherwise, they will choose Hell.

It is truly sad that not only do those who believe in a pre-trib rapture believe that God would never let His children suffer, but I am finding that many who are pre-wrath, last trump, and post-trib feel that God would also not let them suffer and will miraculously preserve them throughout it all. They simply will not surrender to the idea that they may very well have to give their lives for their Lord. None of us want to be among that group, but to deny that it is a possibility is truly blindness and maybe even arrogance. I find that instead of spending their time in prayer asking that they may be found worthy to escape those things which lie ahead, and agonizing over their sins which may prevent it, they gleefully clap their hands and can’t wait for things to start as if it will be a big party to which they will have ring-side seats. Why are people (mainly Americans) so unwilling to face the truth?

Well said both Firdaus and Connie. The Lord also tested Abraham and he was rewarded for his obedience and faithfulness. God will protect the faithful from His wrath, but nowhere in the Word of God does He promise us immunity from Satan’s wrath. Jesus told us about these things in Matthew 24, so we should believe Him and not be blind about what is coming. If any of us face that sort of persecution either today or in the future, let us endure to the end and we will be saved and we will receive the promised crown of life for eternity. In truth, for those who hear it, that crown of life is worth dying for. Persecution, even death itself is temporary for us, but when the Lord gives you a crown of life, you will wear that reward from that point for evermore. God bless you both. Mark

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